Do hedge funds deliver alpha?: a Bayesian and bootstrap analysis

Kosowski, R, Naik, N and Teo, M (2006) Do hedge funds deliver alpha?: a Bayesian and bootstrap analysis. Working Paper. London Business School BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Centre Working Paper Series.


Using a robust bootstrap procedure, we find that top hedge fund performance cannot be explained by luck, and that hedge fund performance persists at annual horizons. Moreover, we show that Bayesian measures, which help overcome the shortsample problem inherent in hedge fund returns, lead to superior performance predictability. Relative to sorting on OLS alphas, sorting on Bayesian alphas yields a 5.5 percent per year increase in the alpha of the spread between the top and bottom hedge fund deciles. Our results are robust, and relevant to investors, as they are neither confined to small funds, nor driven by incubation bias, backfill bias or serial correlation.

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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subject Areas: Finance
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 15:22
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2023 13:38

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